“You know,” he adds, “I did get a lot of feedback from other believers who were disappointed in the aggression of my statement. They thought it was un-Christian of me to call [Trump] a name. Now, I understand that Jesus probably wouldn’t have used that term. But He was in that temple going crazy, flipping tables.… I think that sometimes, you have to remember who you are and what you stand for and not be ashamed of that.”
He told Business Insider, for instance, that he spoke with loved ones about his decision to campaign on the trail for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “We discussed how much of a threat I believe Trump to be,” Cuban said in an email. “We discussed why it was important to me to get involved — that if I could have an impact and didn’t try, it would have left me guessing forever.” And, as Cuban said, his family feels “like we started on the right path” to “have a platform and voice for the future.”
But something changed. It was, as Cuban put it, “obvious”: the election — unpredictability — of Trump. “What I do depends on how things play out for the country,” Cuban said referring to a 2020 attempt at unseating Trump.
Last month, Trump fired a shot at Cuban on Twitter, suggesting he was not “smart enough” to win the presidency — a claim Chris Sacca, the billionaire venture capitalist and “Shark Tank” costar, seemed to disagree with in an email to Business Insider. “Only Mark can speak to his long-term ambitions in politics,” Sacca said. “But unlike Donald, Mark is smart, reads extensively, and is willing to ask others for help and listen to their advice on issues that matter.”
“I have so many private business investments that it would be impossible to sell them,” Cuban told Business Insider. “I would put them in a blind trust but make it clear I would still be available on a limited basis for those companies. It wouldn’t be fair to those companies if I just bailed on them. “I would also be very transparent,” he went on, seeming to take a jab at Trump, who has come under fire from ethics experts who have said Trump has not come close to fully complying with conflicts-of-interest laws and severing his business interests. “Truly transparent about what I was doing. And yes, I would make my returns available.”
Michael C. Wright: Here’s Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on the recent collapse of the Republican healthcare bill: “Well, it was interesting that… [President Trump] always covers his bases, and you notice that he never put his name on it. Is there anything he owns that doesn’t have his name on it? Think about it.”
James has realized this ambition through the LeBron James Family Foundation, which will provide mentoring and full college scholarships to 1,100 underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron. He has also used his platform as the game’s most famous star to speak out on issues such as President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order and the relationship between law enforcement and black communities. And while he didn’t promise to end Cleveland’s 50-year championship drought, James did, in dramatic style, lead the Cavaliers to overturn a 3-1 series deficit against the favored Golden State Warriors.